Racist Abuse Fans Charged

January 19, 2009

criminal law

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Eleven people were charged with chanting abuse at Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell during a Premiership match with Tottenham Hotspur last year. The group, which includes two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, is alleged to have subjected the former England player to indecent chanting during the club’s 2-0 home win against Spurs at Fratton Park in September. Hampshire police said the 11 had been charged with indecent chanting under the Football Offences Act after releasing 16 photographs of suspects from among the visiting supporters during a public appeal in December. A police spokeswoman said of the accused: “They were charged with indecent chanting at a football match using words which were essentially swearwords. They weren’t appropriate to be used at all, especially where there were children and we received a number of complaints.”

The charge of indecent or racist chanting at a football match forms part of the ‘Football Offences Act 1991’. Fans convicted of this offence could face a fine of up to £1000 pounds and be banned from any football ground in Britain for up to 10 years.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jan/13/sol-campbell-eleven-charged

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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